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Infographic: How to Run Successful Remote Meetings

How to Run a Remote Meeting – An infographic by Hubstaff.com

Five Virtual Conferencing Tools for the Out-of-Office Worker

One of the issues that managers most often cite in their resistance to allowing their workers to telecommute is the need to attend meetings. Managers want to make sure that all employees can meet when needed to share ideas, update each other on important projects, and to discuss other important company business.

However, working from home does not preclude being able to attend meetings with co-workers or to collaborate with them. There are many great virtual conferencing tools that can make meetings possible, no matter where each of the participants is located. Here are five virtual conferencing tools you should consider using as an at-home worker:

Skype
Skype is one of the most popular video conferencing tools because it is so simple and it’s free. You can use it to make calls to other computers or phones, using just a headset with a microphone. You can use it to make video calls to other computers, helping you to have face-to-face conversations. Skype is a simple service that allows virtual conferencing, but it does not include features for virtual presentations. You would have to share files or links in order to look at the same thing on your screen during discussions with co-workers.

Watchitoo
Watchitoo allows you to bring together multimedia presentations and video conferencing. This means that you can all follow along with a presentation or watch video together while you are conducting your virtual conference call. The service supports screen sharing, the use of white boards, multiple video feeds and more. You can also record your session and generate a post-meeting report. The service is free for up to five people, or you can pay $39 a month for up to 25 people.

Blackboard
Formerly Elluminate, Blackboard is an online collaboration platform that focuses on enabling you to create virtual classrooms. This is an especially useful tool if you need to conduct or attend online training. In addition to video conferencing, it has an interactive whiteboard, breakout rooms and desktop sharing. Pricing depends on what kind of licensing you need, and you have to call for a quote.

Infinite
Infinite specializes in solutions for non-profits, but any business or home worker can benefit from its services. However, if you do work for a non-profit, you’ll qualify for a discount. You can use it for phone and web conferencing, webinars and webcasting. The service is entirely web-based, so you won’t have to download any software. You can decide to be billed by usage or sign up for a plan.

GoToWebinar
GoToWebinar offers solutions for webinars, which can be used to make presentations, host online meetings, make pitches and much more. It allows for desktop sharing, text chat, teleconferencing and more. The service provides web-based conferencing, so you don’t have to download anything. You can record sessions and create polls and surveys. Plans start at $49 per month.

With these virtual conferencing tools, you can attend meetings with your co-workers no matter where you are conducting business. You’ll stay in the loop so it’s like you’re working from the office even when you’re not.

What tools do you use to meet with your boss and co-workers?

Bio:
Amber Satka writes on financial topics, and her research can be read at her auto loan calculator app site. Amber is a former office manager and current mother and writer.